The Comets were perfect from the service line in their first match against Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal (NCE-UH). With more practice and more games the Comets may put the conference on notice, having won a set against ninth ranked Underwood last week and carrying their first sweep of the season against NCE-UH Tuesday night. The sweep was the first since 2010 for Hillcrest, and the Comets are looking to set their sights higher in the coming weeks.
After knocking each of their service attempts over the net and inside the court in the first match, the Comets carried their 25-20 victory into the huddle. Comet Coach Debbie Foss rallied her girls to engage the second set, which followed the same score as the first set and brought the Comet faithful to their feet in playoff-like cheering in a gym full of fans watching the success of the Lady Comets on the court.
Carried by consistent service from the line, the Comets passed the ball extremely well. NCE-UH worked to knock the Comets off balance, performing a series of quick shots and sets over the net. The ploy to catch the Comets out of position was met by digs from the Comet back line, who passed the ball to Hannah Brennhaug for routine sets. Brennhaug tallied an astonishing 20 set assists in the three game sweep, going 14-14 from the service line.
On the receiving end of Brennhaug’s sets was senior Olivia Foss. Foss attacked the net and tallied 11 kills on the night. Foss led the Comet attack, that quickly turned from digging balls off quick sets and spikes from NCE-UH to an offensive barrage that left NCE-UH on their heels most of the night. Hillcrest finished the three game sweep with a 25-19 score in the final match.
Hillcrest looks to carry their momentum into Thursday nights game versus Battle Lake. Some in the conference have said Hillcrest is emerging as a contender, noting that the Comets haven’t played together as a team until August while many teams in the conference have played together consistently over the years. With Hillcrest starting to find their groove on the court, other teams are beginning to take notice and are finding a new competitor in the Lady Comets who don’t give up and are beginning to form a cohesive unit.